By Justin Sandoval |Asst. Sports Editor|
It is the off-season and men’s golf is prepping for a National Title run.
The Coyotes golf program is set to take on arguably the toughest conference in the nation, having two of the top five nationally ranked teams, the Monterey Bay Otters and the Chico State Wildcats.
Men’s golf team member, Ryan Card said, “We run at least three times a week to keep us active. During the season we walk 36 holes for the first day of our tournaments.”
“It’s our job to make sure we are conditioned and can perform at our highest level throughout the day,” continued Card.
During the offseason, the golf team members are getting their games and studies in order for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference season that begins in February.
The Coyotes will be heading into this season without 2013-2014 Regional Qualifier Jordan Guillen, as he is red-shirting his junior year.
“Right now is a crucial time for the team. They have to focus on school with finals coming up, and practice to have their game in championship form,” said Guillen.
“As a red-shirt, I am offering any piece of advice both academically and on the course,” continued Guillen.
Men’s golf played three events this fall, opening the season at the Western New Mexico Invitational in Arizona.
“My game really suited the course. I felt comfortable in Arizona. I only wish I could have finished stronger,” said Robarge.
Taylor Hood scored low at the Western New Mexico Invitational and Chico State’s Wildcat Invitational.
“This was a great way to start the season, my game felt solid and I felt confident,” said Hood.
“Going into the conference season, myself and the team just need to continue to work hard, focus on the basics. If we do so, I feel confident in our abilities,” continued Hood.
The Sonoma State Invitational was the final event of the fall, in which the team and low Coyote individual finished sixth for the tournament.
The low score for the Coyotes came from Ryan Card, finishing four over-par, and tied sixth for the tournament.
“Ending the season well for me was huge and I feel the momentum is huge as we head into the conference season,” said Card.
“The team has still yet to perform to its full potential, which is why we are having dinners and hanging out to keep the team close and focused,” continued Card.
This past Wednesday, a Coyote Chronicle staff writer was invited in for their team dinner.
Pasta and pizza for these golfers, as dinner was shared so were thoughts and plans on the CCAA and the season ahead.
“I know we can dominate and I’m excited to see what we do this spring,” said Robarge.
“We are due for a dominating tournament start to finish. I’m really excited to see us all win like we know how,” added Card.
As a member of the golf team, come watch us on Feb. 23 at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino.